DIY Face Scrub for Acne-Prone, Oily Skin

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Easy to make, affordable and super effective, this DIY face scrub is suitable for all skin types, though it works particularly well on acne-prone, oily skin. With just six ingredients, most of which you likely already have in your pantry, this exfoliating face scrub is a keeper!

This was originally published in February 2018 and has been updated to reflect new information and supportive content.

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A DIY Face Scrub, easily the most requested DIY beauty recipe I get emailed about.

I'm so excited to share this with you–not only is this recipe beyond easy (just six ingredients, most of which you likely already have in your pantry!), but it's affordable AND effective. The trifecta.

Though this face scrub is suitable for all skin types, it works particularly well on acne-prone, oily skin.

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Here's why:

All the ingredients for a DIY face scrub.

DIY Face Scrub Ingredients for Acne + Blackheads

The natural ingredients that make up this DIY face scrub are amazing for acne, blackheads, clogged pores and oily skin. Check it out:

  • Oatmealsoothes irritated skin, oatmeal is full of vitamins, minerals and lipids that hydrate and moisturize. AND oatmeal contains saponins, which has intense cleansing properties, and the fine texture of ground oats offers exfoliating and buffing capabilities that remove dead skin cells and polishes your skin without harsh chemicals or materials that scratch your skin . Oatmeal also soaks up excess oil, which helps treat acne, and if that weren't enough, oatmeal contains zinc, which reduces inflammation and kills acne-causing bacteria.
  • Bentonite ClayThis healing clay has been used for centuries as a cure-all for what ails you. But it's particularly amazing for clearing your skin–made from minerals formed from volcanic ash, bentonite clay reduces your skin's oil production, draws out toxins from your skin, unclogging pores and removing dead skin cells in the process, reduces the appearance of scars, softens skin and reduces inflammation. Wow! Pretty impressive, right?

MORE GOOD NEWS: For a limited time, you can get 15% off when you use the code ROOT to buy Redmond Clay. Or you can buy Redmond Clay on Amazon.

For another awesome DIY beauty recipe using Bentonite Clay, check out our popular DIY Charcoal + Clay Face Mask for Acne and Blackheads!

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Oatmeal, detoxifying bentonite clay and essential oils make up this homemade face scrub.

  • Baking SodaNot only is baking soda a great natural exfoliant, it also cleanses the skin, softening it all the while, and it brightens dull and darkened skin giving you a great glow!
  • Jojoba Oil: This soothing oil works well for nearly all skin types and leaves skin hydrated without the heavy shine, as it’s very similar to our skin’s natural oil/sebum production.
  • Rose Hip OilThis ultra-nourishing oil is a must-have for pretty much every skin type! It’s chockfull of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E, making it perfect for dry or aging skin, as it has been linked to increased collagen production. Rosehip seed oil is also high in retinoic acid, which studies show reduces the appearance of wrinkles and scars and brightens skin. It’s also incredibly healing thanks to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds, so it’s great for refining skin texture and tone.
  • Lavender Essential Oil: Not only does it smell so good that you’ll feel instantly relaxed (lavender is proven to lower stress), but it also helps regenerate skin cells so it’s great for aging skin, sun spots and scarring.
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DIY face exfoliator in a jar.

How to Make this DIY Face Exfoliator

Making homemade face scrub couldn't be easier. All you need are the six natural ingredients listed above, and a food processor.

Pulse everything together until combined, add to a clean glass jar and voila! You're done. Seriously.

I told you this recipe was easy. But why would you even want to make your own skincare?

Well, sadly, like most store-bought beauty products, tons of known carcinogens, hormone disruptors and skin irritants make up the ingredient lists of most commercial face scrubs.

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I’ve outlined the top toxic ingredients found in some of the most popular face scrubs on the market today below:

  • Microbeads: A lot of storebought scrubs are made with microbeads or microplastics. Problem is, most wastewater treatment doesn’t filter out microbeads, so they end up in our water where they absorb persistent organic pollutants (long-lasting toxic chemicals like pesticides, flame retardants, motor oil and more) and other industrial chemicals. They're then eated by fish and other marine organisms, which we then eat. Trouble is, they're not labeled as microbeads on skincare products. So instead, if you see polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate or polymethyl methacrylate on the label, run far away.
  • Fragrance: Hormone disruptor and among the top five allergens in the world. Learn why you should avoid fragrance as much as possible here.
  • Parabens: Mimic estrogen in the body and cause reproductive, hormonal, and developmental disorders with a link to breast cancer.
  • PEG-100 Stearate: Has been linked to cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, contamination concerns, irritation, and organ system toxicity.
  • Methylisothiazolinone: A preservative known to cause allergic reactions, dermatitis, lung toxicity and neurotoxicity, increasing the risk of seizures and visual abnormalities.
  • Sodium Hydroxide: A strong irritant and corrosive to the skin, eyes, respiratory tract and concerns about cancer and neurotoxicity. In fact, it is classified as “expected to be toxic or harmful” and one or more animal studies show brain and nervous system, metabolic, and sense organ effects at very low doses and there are warnings regarding using this ingredient around the eyes or mouth (of course, which is where you're putting face scrub).

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**Note: these ingredients can be found in St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Borghese Fango Face Scrub, Clearasil Acne Scrub, Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Foaming Scrub, Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser, Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub, Proactiv+ Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, Kate Somerville ExfoliKate and GLAMGLOW Treatments

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An easy to make homemade face scrub.

And even if you can find some natural face scrubs that aren’t full of toxic chemicals, you’ll likely have to shell out a pretty penny. Drugstore brands usually run at least $10, while higher-quality brands can be upwards of $30 per bottle.

Compare that to this recipe, which costs just $6.36 to make.

  • Oatmeal
    • I paid just $11.03 for 32 ounces, but I only used 1.5 ounces = $0.51
  • Bentonite Clay
    • I paid just $17.13 for 24 ounces, but I only used 1 ounce = $0.71
  • Baking Soda:
    • I paid just $6.25 for 16 ounces, but I only used 0.5 ounces = $0.20
  • Jojoba Oil
    • I paid just $12.95 for 4 ounces, but I only used 1.5 ounces = $4.86
  • Rose Hip Oil
    • I paid just $24.99 for 4 ounces, but I only used 5 drops = $0.05
  • Lavender Essential Oil
    • I paid just $14.95 for 4 ounces, but I only used 5 drops = $0.03

Sold! Right?! That's just $0.63 per use!

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If you try this Homemade Face Scrub Recipe, be sure to leave a review and rating below. I'd also LOVE to see how it turned out for you–share a photo and tag me @rootandrevel!

P.S. If you really just can't find the time or energy to make this recipe, my favorite store-bought, non-toxic face scrub is Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub.

Looking for a natural way to exfoliate your skin? This DIY face scrub is easy to make, affordable and super effective.
5 from 6 votes

DIY Face Scrub for Acne-Prone, Oily Skin

Servings: 10 uses
Easy to make, affordable and supereffective this DIY face scrub is suitable for all skin types, though it works particularly well on acne-prone, oily skin. With just 6 ingredients, most of which you likely already have in your pantry, this exfoliating face scrub is a keeper!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins



  • In a food processor, combine oatmeal, clay and baking soda. Pulse until finely ground.
  • Add jojoba oil, rose hip oil and lavender oil. Pulse again until mixed through.
  • Transfer scrub to a clean glass jar.
  • To use: take a teaspoon and apply to damp face in gentle, circular motions. Rinse and/or use a soft washcloth to wipe off any excess.
  • Moisturize as needed.



The scrub should keep for up to a month in a sealed glass jar. You can use two to three times per week, depending on skin type and needs.
Course: DIY
Cuisine: Skincare
Keyword: acne, beauty, DIY, face scrub
Author: Root + Revel Collective

Looking for a natural way to exfoliate your skin? This DIY face scrub is easy to make, affordable and super effective.

26 thoughts on “DIY Face Scrub for Acne-Prone, Oily Skin”

    1. Hi, Derah! I would try making this face scrub using the recipe we just shared. It’s gentle but still effective for acne-prone, oily skin! Please try it out and let us know how it goes!

  1. 5 stars
    While this is good to know and have as it is very effective in cleaning your acne-prone, and oily skin. The ingredient for making it is not that easy to access or find, more importantly not just anywhere. It’s a very good homemade face scrub alernative but considering the time and money that will be spent in looking and making this would be equal to just buying a ready-made that is already available and widely spread throughout stores near you!

  2. Rhona Robertson

    Hi . I’d love to try this recipe but I’m allergic to bicarbonate of soda. Is there anything I could use instead of baking soda?

    1. Hi Rhona! I don’t personally know any substitutes and I don’t want to recommend something without having properly researched it, but I do think it’s possible to find an alternative that would work. Let me know what you end up coming up with!

    1. Hamsa, you could use coffee grounds, or brown sugar, as alternatives to oats in this recipe! If you have more sensitive skin, be very easy with these two alternatives. (Oatmeal lends itself well to sensitive skin.)

  3. Hi. I’m looking to try this recipe as it looks like it can work on my oily acne prone skin. I was wondering can I use a blender as I don’t have a food processor?

  4. 5 stars
    This scrub sounds perfect! Could I substitute the jojoba oil with raw shea butter? My skin reacts well to raw shea butter and I think it has the same moisturizing qualities that Jojoba Oil does? Please let me know what you think, I am new to this!

    Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    I always exfoliate my face at least once every two weeks as it helps brighten dull skin. Glad to have found your recipe, especially that this is made for people with acne-prone and oily skin! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    YES! I don’t have oily skin but do have a little acne and infllammed skin so I think this would be perfect. Love Redmond’s bentonite clay too!

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